Big supply of flu vaccine expected

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Alaska health officials say the state does not expect shortages of flu vaccine this season as occurred last year.

The swine flu vaccine will be mixed in with two other strains, even though the World Health Organization has declared the pandemic over. The swine flu virus is still part of the mix expected this year.

Officials say most people will need just one shot or dose of nasal spray, but they recommend that some children between 6 months and 8 years old get two doses, depending on what vaccines they've had in past years.

Last year people needed two immunizations, one for swine flu and one for regular seasonal flu.

The state plans to begin distributing free vaccine in mid-September to outlets including public health centers and Alaska Native tribal health clinics.

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